Massive Attack have shared Mad Professor’s ‘Leaping Dub’ remix of their track Wire and you can check it out below.
The track is taken from the 20th anniversary reissue of Massive Attack’s double platinum Mezzanine album, which is due for release on 25 January. This features a remastered edition of the original, with the 2CD and 3LP super deluxe editions also including an additional album of previously unreleased dub remixes by the Mad Professor.
Wire dates from Massive Attack’s Mezzanine era, but wasn’t included on the album, as the band originally recorded the track for inclusion in the soundtrack to the 1997 war film Welcome To Sarajevo, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei.
Widely hailed as their masterpiece, and voted No. 15 in Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever in 2000, Mezzanine saw the iconic Bristol outfit move away from the ‘trip-hop’ sound they had helped define, which embraced elements of rock, reggae and electronica. Mezzanine was remastered by Tim Young at Metropolis, who has worked with the band for over 20 years.
The Mad Professor remixes were originally intended to be released on a Mad Professor Mezzanine remix album – as the band had done with previous album Protection (No Protection) – yet in the end only a number of his remixes were issued as single B-sides.
All 8 of the Mad Professor remixes included here are previously unreleased and include his dub mixes of 2 tracks not originally featured on Mezzanine but from the same period – the ‘Leaping Dub’ mix of ‘Wire’ and ‘Metal Banshee’ – a dub version of ‘Superpredators’: a reworked cover of Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Metal Postcard’.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, the iconic Bristol outfit are touring the UK and North America in support of their Mezzanine reissue. The UK and Ireland leg of the tour kicks off at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on 28 January. For more information, please visit the band’s official website.